Summers Appointed CBU Director of Athletics

summersCBU President Dr. John Smarrelli Jr. has appointed Brian Summers as its seventh Director of Athletics, effective June 30. Summers comes to CBU after a distinguished 13-year career at Lewis University, a fellow NCAA D-II Lasallian school in Romeoville, IL.

Since December 2010, Summers has been Associate Director of Athletics/Director of External Relations at Lewis, and he served from 2005-2010 as Assistant Director of Athletics/Marketing/Promotions Coordinator. In those roles, Summers supervises 10 of the school’s 18 sports, oversees all athletics fundraising, and directs the department’s marketing and promotions efforts.

He started the school’s first corporate sponsorship program, which has generated more than a half-million dollars since its inception, and he expanded the school’s Varsity Club tenfold. Summers also helped build community support for the athletics department. He developed student fan reward programs and marketing and promotions programs that led to an 8.5 percent increase in game attendance, and he was the primary game management supervisor. More info >>>

Picking Up Trash is Not for Sissies!

CBU joined the Memphis River Warriors on Saturday, April 26 to dominate trash at McKellar Lake. This cleanup was part of the city’s Faith in Action cleanup in which over 12,000 Memphians participated. The lake looked a whole lot better after those hundreds of pounds of trash and recyclables were collected. The next cleanup is June 7 in the Memphis Harbor. Like the Memphis River Warriors Facebook page to keep up with the trashy action. Pictured above are Kiana Oliver, Danielle Reid, Michael MacMiller, Shanice Oliver, Dr. Tracie Burke, Tiffany Corkran, Reggie Raney, Lauren Dahlke, Daniel Schenck, Caitlin Terry, Sara Swisher, and Julia Kueter.

The Last Lecture

HPRPlease join the Honors Program and the CBU community for the 7th Annual CBU “Last Lecture” on May 1 at 12:45 p.m. in Spain Auditorium, during which Dr. Holmes Peacher-Ryan (Mathematics) will give his hypothetical “Last Lecture.”

Last Lectures usually include the professor’s reflections on their academic career, advice for better living, and even a few laughs. Known for great stories and funny quotes, Dr. Peacher-Ryan will not disappoint. Light refreshments will be served at 12:30. This is open to the entire University and, based on past Last Lectures, this is a not-to-be-missed event!

This Week at CBU

SHOE DRIVE (WITH BENEFITS): Want to clean out your closet while at the same time help the underprivileged?  Then bring us your used tennis shoes, running shoes, or athletic shoes!  CBU Enactus has partnered with Shoe Good, a non-profit committed to revamping used tennis shoes for distribution to the disadvantaged around the world. Shoes will be collected in the Quad on Monday, April 28, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. and Tuesday, April 29, 12:30-2:00 p.m. For every pair of shoes you donate, you get FIVE water balloons to throw at faculty targets.

STRESS RELIEF WEEK (PRE-EXAMS): The Self Esteem/Empowerment Sub-Committee of the President’s Commission on Women is hosting Stress Relief Week April 28-May 2 to provide students, faculty, and staff some activities where they can “de-stress” and relax before final exams begin the following week. The schedule is as follows:
•  Monday, April 28: Meditation Session, 12:00-1:00 p.m. in Sabbatini Lounge, led by Dr. Pong Malasri
• Thursday, May 1: Yoga Session, 12:00-1:00 p.m. in Sabbatini Lounge, led by Dr. Leigh Pittenger. Bring your own yoga mat if you have one, but some will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

JOB SEARCH BOOT CAMP:  Seniors, are you still seeking employment after graduation?  Juniors, are still looking for that summer internship?  Then join Career Services for this conference-style “crash course” to better prepare yourself to find the job you want on Tuesday, April 29! Resume critiques from recruiters and alumni, plus mini-sessions on interviewing skillsnetworking, and job search strategies will be included! Come to Buckman 102, 1:00-2:00 p.m. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. 

INTERESTED IN PARTICIPATING IN CBU’S NEW TRACK TEAM?  There will be a track informational  meeting for any current CBU students who are interested in running  track next year in CBU’s inaugural track and field teams. Wednesday, April 30 at 4:00 p.m. in Canale Arena.

CBU will host a lecture and demonstration by Ben McClelland, the main author of the book Lifesaving Labradors, on Wednesday, April 30 at 5:30 p.m. in Spain Auditorium. Lifesaving Labradors is a collection of true stories of people with Type 1 Diabetes that use Diabetic Alert Dogs or DADs to smell changes in their blood sugar levels. Using their sight and smell, these dogs keep their owners safe from life-threatening blood sugar episodes like falling into a coma or going into a stroke. It addresses issues of interest within the medical community today. McClelland will lead a discussion and will be doing a demonstration with his dog. Following the lecture and demonstration, he will be available to sign copies of the book. Refreshments will be served. Open to the public and free of charge.

HAITI SEMINAR: Jenessa Gebers, former CBU Lasallian Fellow, will present a seminar on “CBU Connections: Public Health and Malnutrition Initiatives in Haiti,” about a child malnutrition initiative in Haiti through Partners in Health that has the potential to revolutionize the stunning level of malnutrition in Haiti. CBU Nursing and pre-med students will also give slide talks about their medical mission trips to Haiti. Wednesday, April 30, at 7:00 p.m. in Spain Auditorium.

BUCS OVERBOARD: To celebrate the opening of the Canale Pool, Student Life is hosting a “Bucs Overboard” event in the pool/volleyball area on Friday, May 2, from 4:00-6:00 p.m.

IMPROV NIGHT: The Creative Improvisation class will be presenting a night of improvisation and games on Friday, May 2 in the University Theater at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free.

Run, walk, or salsa to the Latino Memphis Festival 2014 and 5K Race on Saturday, May 3 at the Memphis Botanic Garden, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. This fun, family-centered event celebrates Memphis’ growing Hispanic community while once again serving as a destination for runners, families and those simply interested in learning more about Latino culture. Proceeds raised will support Latino Memphis and our goal of improving access to healthcare, education and justice within the growing Hispanic community in the Memphis area. CBU is proud to be a sponsor of the Latino Memphis Festival. Click here to register to run, volunteer, or become a virtual runner in the 5K!


Trey McGinnis
and Becky Wauford show off their trophy for winning the Memphis Rocks “School” category (two years in a row!) at the On Location: Memphis International Film and Music Festival at Studio on the Square. Their film, September of Service Non-Profits Make Memphis Rock, highlights the many agencies with which CBU works during September of Service: 30 Days of Good Deeds. The film can be viewed below:

If the video above doesn’t play in your browser or mobile device, please click here. Thanks to Jeremy Park and the Lipscomb Pitts Breakfast Club, who created the Memphis Rocks initiative, a fundraiser for a Memphis fallen officers’ memorial.

Dr. Kelli Hefner (Academic Services) is presenting a poster entitled “Lunch and Learn:  If you feed them, they will come” at the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA)  Regional Conference in Morgantown, WV.

Dr. Randel Price (Chemical Engineering) will receive the Certificate of Merit of the Outstanding Advising Award – Faculty Academic Advising from the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA)  at its national conference.

Study Abroad

Are you interested in study abroad, but not sure if you can fit it into your schedule? CBU has a solution for you — a travel study trip! Travel study trips are short 1-3 week trips to various locations all over the world. Each trip has at least one course, but some have two courses you can take while traveling. These trips are great ways to explore different cultures while earning academic credit. The next travel study trip is to Southern Spain over spring break next March. You can learn more about that trip as well as other upcoming trip on the Study Abroad website.

Upcoming Events

PSI CHI PIE FLY: If you’re looking to burn some steam before finals begin, then come throw a pie at your favorite professor during the Psi Chi Pie Fly! The fundraiser will be held on Monday, May 5 at 12:30-2:00 p.m. next to the gates surrounding the Buccaneer Grill. All of the money raised will go to Harwood Center, a nonprofit agency that assists and educates children and families affected by developmental disabilities. A donation of $1 gives you the opportunity to throw a pie at a professor, and a donation of $5 will allow you to pie them in the face. The following faculty and staff will be participating in the fundraiser: Dr. Tracie Burke, Dr. Jeff Gross, Dr. Paul Haught, Dr. Elizabeth Nelson, Dr. Mary Oglvie, Dr. Jeffrey Sable, Dr. Rod Vogl, Sandra Davis, Chanda Murphy, and Martin Brock.

ALUMNI SLOSHBALL – #BUCS2014: Attention All Graduating Seniors! Sign up NOW for the 2014 Senior/Alumni Sloshball Tournament on Monday, May 5, starting at 4:00 p.m. at Bland Field. Register online at and join a team. For more information, contact Thien Nguyen at (BTW, Sloshball is kickball. With beer.)

THEATRE READING: The Intro to Theatre class will present a staged reading of Act 3 of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town on Monday, May 5 in the University Theater at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free.

STRESS RELIEF (EXAM WEEK): Do you need an enjoyable break from end-of-school-year stressors? If so, Student Life will host several events to help ease the stress during Exam Week:
• Tuesday, May 6: Free Massages, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. You can get a free chair massage (shoulder and neck) in the Thomas Center Conference Room by “Massage on the Go.”
• Wednesday, May 7: Paws to Relax with the Therapy Dogs, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. on the Buc Patio. It’s a proven fact that petting a dog can relieve stress and lower blood pressure. Visit with the Therapy Dogs, brought to campus by the Mid-South Therapy Dogs and Friends Organization.
• Thursday, May 8: CBU Pancake Study Break, 9:00-11:00 p.m. in Alfonso Dining Hall. It’s not really a proven fact that pancakes help you study, but they certainly can’t hurt…

PA WHITE COAT CEREMONY: The CBU Physician Assistant Studies Program will host the White Coat Ceremony for its Class of 2015 on on Saturday, May 10 at 10:00 a.m. in the University Theater. The white coat ceremony is a rite of passage in medical education that marks the student’s transition from preclinical study to clinical health sciences.

COMMENCEMENT WEEK! Full schedule at!

Buccaneer Bulletin

BASEBALL (11-35, 3-27 GSC)
04/22: Bucs 4Rhodes 5 (at Rhodes)
04/26: Bucs 2/1Lee 3/2 (at Cleveland, TN)
04/27: Bucs 0Lee 1 (at Cleveland, TN)

SOFTBALL (9-38, 2-28 GSC)
04/26: Lady Bucs 1/2Lee 11/11 (at Cleveland, TN)
04/27: Lady Bucs 0Lee 11 (at Cleveland, TN)

04/21-22: Gulf South Conference Championships (at Tunica, MS); Bucs 5th of 7 teams. Mitchell Bennett led the Bucs, tied for 6th place at one over par (74-69-74-217). Lauren Harrett led the Lady Bucs, finishing 25th at 30-over (87-87-174)

05/2: Delta State University (Birmingham, AL; 7:00 p.m.)
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05/01: University of Alabama-Huntsville (Cullman, AL; 11:00 a.m.)
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